Rhipsalis teres (Vell.) Steud.
Quill-like Wickerware Cactus
Cactus teres, Hariota teres
Rhipsalis teres is an epiphytic cactus with slender cylindrical stems that may be erect, spreading, or pendent. The upper part of the stems is branched, often in whorls of 5 to 12 short branches at the top of the main ones. The stems can reach up to 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) in diameter.
The flowers are small, white, and star-shaped. The fruits are white berries measuring up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Rhipsalis do not thrive in direct sunlight. Exposure to the afternoon sun can burn the leaves, turn them yellow, or lead to spotting. However, they will not bloom without sufficient sunlight, and their growth can be stunted. Therefore, these cacti do best with morning sun and full shade in the afternoon.
As Rhipsalis is commonly grown indoors, care must be given to the placement of the plants. They should be kept at least 20 inches (50 cm) away from windows that receive midday or afternoon sun. The glass in the windows can multiply the heat from the sun's rays, causing sunburned leaves. Keep in mind that in its native environment, Rhipsalis is accustomed to receiving light filtered through dense, overhanging tree branches. Picturing this environment can help you adjust your lighting accordingly.
Rhipsalis is not a drought-resistant plant, so regular watering is essential. Overwatering, however, can cause weak stems and rotted roots. Using a watering can help you measure the amount of water you are providing. The size of the pot, compared to the size of the plant, the humidity levels in the home, and the type of potting soil used can all affect the watering frequency.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Rhipsalis.
Rhipsalis teres is native to Brazil.
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